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U.S. prosecutors charge two men in Philippines murder-for-hire plot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 09:56
Two North Carolina men were charged on Wednesday with killing a Filipino woman in a murder-for-hire plot, federal prosecutors in New York said. Adam Samia, 41, and Carl David Stillwell, 47, were arrested at their homes in Roxboro, North Carolina, according to the office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. The two men are accused of traveling to the Philippines and murdering a woman there in February 2012 in exchange for a promised $35,000 each.

Authorities find human remains found in car after 43 years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 09:55
LENOIR, N.C. (AP) — Investigators following up on leads going back 43 years have found human remains in a 1968 Pontiac recovered from a lake in North Carolina.

Federal charges including hate crimes for accused shooter

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 09:55

FILE - In this June 18, 2015, file photo, Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. Lynch announced that Dylann Roof, the man accused of slaying of nine black church members in Charleston last month was indicted July 22, on 33 federal counts, including hate crimes, firearms violations and obstructing the practice of religion, which could include the death penalty. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The man accused of killing nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina, was motivated by racial hatred and a desire to commit a "notorious attack" when he opened fire inside a historic house of worship last month, according to a federal grand jury indictment issued Wednesday that makes him eligible for the death penalty.

Family says survivor critically injured in Wyoming shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 09:43

This undated photo provided by Stephanie C’Hair shows James Goggles, who was shot July 18, 2015, and remains in critical condition. The shooting has spurred the Northern Arapaho Tribe, of which he's a member, to demand federal hate crimes charges. (Rose Goggles/Stephanie C’Hair via AP)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — An American Indian man remains in critical condition after a weekend shooting at a Wyoming detox center that has spurred his tribe to demand federal hate crime charges.

Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of 7-year-old Chicago boy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 09:28
CHICAGO (AP) — Wisconsin authorities say a suspect in the shooting death of a 7-year-old Chicago boy has been arrested.

2 injured in Burlington house fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 09:17

2 injured in Burlington house fireTwo people were injured in a house fire in Burlington, New Jersey.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 09:01

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2014, file photo, California State Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, from left, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Gov. Jerry Brown, and University of California President Janet Napolitano listen to students speak during the public comments portion of the UC Regents meeting in San Francisco. Napolitano says the 10-campus system is raising the minimum wage for both its own workers and the employees of its contractors to $15 an hour by fall 2017. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

The Latest: Tennessee reviews security measures

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:58

The American flag is lowered to half-staff above the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 21, 2015, to honor the five U.S. service members who were killed by a gunman in Chattanooga, Tenn. last week. President Obama has ordered flags at all military and federal buildings and grounds through out the United States to remain at half-staff through July 25th. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The latest on the Chattanooga shootings at two military facilities:

NAACP seeks further inquiry into Mississippi police force

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:38
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi NAACP officials want further investigation of a small-town police force and one of its officers following the death of a black man after an encounter with the officer.

Colorado theater shooter deserves to die, prosecutors say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:33

In this image taken from Colorado Judicial Department video, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, fifth from left rear in light-colored shirt, sits in Arapahoe County District Court, where his trial continued Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. The penalty phase of the trial of Holmes, who could be sentenced to death for killing 12 people in a Colorado movie theater, began Wednesday morning with the judge giving instructions to the jury. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes should be put to death for the Colorado theater shooting because he deliberately and cruelly killed 12 people, including a 6-year-old girl, prosecutors told jurors Wednesday.

Blagojevich ruling draws line on what is, isn't corruption

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:31

FILE - In this June 27, 2011, file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media at the federal building in Chicago, after he was convicted on multiple corruption charges for attempting to sell a Senate seat. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago overturned five out of 18 wide-ranging counts against the imprisoned former Illinois governor, Tuesday, July 21, 2015, focusing the bulk of its 23-page opinion on Blagojevich's bid to trade his power to appoint someone to the U.S. Senate seat that Barack Obama vacated to became president for either campaign cash or a top job. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Federal judges who tossed several of Rod Blagojevich's corruption convictions endeavored to answer a question legal observers said Wednesday had gone largely unanswered: Just when does an elected official cross the line between legal and illegal political horse-trading?

New York moves to raise state minimum wage to $15 for fast-food workers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:26

People celebrate the passage of the minimum wage for fast-food workers by the New York State Fast Food Wage Board during a rally in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York moved on Wednesday to raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour by the end of 2018 in New York City and by mid-2021 in the rest of the state. The New York Wage Board voted unanimously for the increase, which would cover some 180,000 workers statewide and affect fast-food chains with 30 locations or more in the United States. The three-member board was formed at the behest of Governor Andrew Cuomo in May after the state legislature turned down his proposals for minimum wage increases for most workers.

Woman who died in Texas jail disclosed past suicide attempt, police say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:13

Still image of a Waller County Department of Public Safety officer opening the driver's side door as he orders Sandra Bland out of her vehicle in Prairie ViewBy Michael Lansu LISLE, Ill. (Reuters) - A black woman who was found hanging dead in her Texas jail cell last week after her arrest following a minor traffic violation said she had attempted to commit suicide in the past year, the county sheriff said on Wednesday. "On the first initial questionnaire when she came in, she told (the jailers) she had tried to commit suicide last year," Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith said in a telephone interview. The attorney for the Bland family told a news conference in the Chicago area that the family was aware of the comments but had not seen the official reports.

Texas fights immigrants' lawsuit over birth certificates

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:13
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Texas health officials on Wednesday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by immigrant parents who were denied birth certificates for their U.S.-born children because local authorities refused to recognize as valid certain forms of identification.

NYC strikes Uber deal: No cap on company during study

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:08

FILE - In this June 30, 2015 file photo, Josh Mohrer, far left, New York's general manager for Uber, speaks during a news conference and rally outside New York's City Hall, while inside lawmakers were holding a hearing on the growth of the For-Hire-Vehicle (FHV) industry in the city, with a focus on Uber. A deal has been struck between New York City and Uber on the eve of a highly watched City Council vote that could have placed a cap on the number of the ride-hailing company’s cars on the streets of the nation’s largest city. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City and Uber struck an eleventh-hour deal that backs off, for now, placing a cap on the number of cars the ride-hailing company can have on the streets of the nation's largest city.

Trial begins of man accused of harassing Indian kids

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:02
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Native Americans and activists packed into a theater doubling as a courtroom on Wednesday in part to protest what they view as lenient treatment of a South Dakota man accused of harassing American Indian children with racial slurs and spilling beer on them at a hockey game.

Charleston shooting suspect charged with federal hate crimes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 07:59

Dylann Roof, charged with murdering nine worshippers at a historic black church in Charleston last month, listens to the proceedings with assistant defense attorney William Maguire during a hearing at the Judicial Center in CharlestonBy Lisa Lambert and Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The white man suspected of murdering nine black people during bible study at a South Carolina church was charged on Wednesday with federal hate crimes, adding to multiple state counts that raise the possibility of a death sentence. Dylann Roof had his .45 caliber Glock pistol and eight magazines loaded with hollow point bullets," U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said after a federal grand jury returned the 33-count indictment against Roof. The 21-year-old is accused of the deadly shooting spree last month at Charleston’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Authorities: Man kills wife, 2 children in murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 07:51

Law enforcement investigate the scene of a shooting at a home in Suwanee, Ga., Wednesday, July 22, 2015. A gunman killed a woman and two children and wounded another man before killing himself inside the suburban Atlanta home early Wednesday, Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper said. (AP Photo/John Amis)SUWANEE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man who was having relationship troubles with his wife killed her, two of her sons and himself Wednesday, less than a day after police had visited the home on a domestic violence call, authorities said.

Guard stabbed multiple times inside prison in Holmesburg

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 07:46

Guard stabbed multiple times inside prison in HolmesburgOfficials say a guard was stabbed multiple times inside the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia's Holmesburg section.

Utah teenager charged in girl's death appears in court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 07:41

30 a.m. Friday,July 17, 2015. She told officers her daughter had been missing since midnight. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) — A Utah teenager accused of luring a 12-year-old neighbor girl from her home and strangling her made his first court appearance Wednesday, answering softly and nodding as a judge explained the charge against him.